Wireless Router or Access Point

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Mike.ONeal, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Mike.ONeal

    Mike.ONeal Guest

    Does anyone know how to use the Set up a wireless router or access point in
    Network and Sharing Center->Setup a connection or network?
     
    Mike.ONeal, Oct 4, 2007
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    Tom Ferguson Guest

    There are many here that have considerable knowledge and much experience
    setting up networks . However, you will have to provide more details of
    any issues you are having and what you want to do.

    All the best.

    Tom
    MSMVP 1998-2007
     
    Tom Ferguson, Oct 4, 2007
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Oct 4, 2007
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    Mike.ONeal Guest

    Thank you both Tom and Barb for responding.

    2 Thinkpads, 1 setup with Windows Vista Ultimate, the other with Windows
    Vista Business. Both are using Linksys WPC55AG dual-band Wireless Notebook
    Adapters.

    I have used the wizard that is in Network and Sharing Center->Setup a
    connection or network->Set up a wireless router or network. I have been
    through the wizard which I believe will setup the host as router. First, It
    asks for a USB Flash Drive to write data to. Then it asks for the name and
    the one suggested is the original name of the "host" with "_Network" added to
    it. I left the default. Next, is the paraphrase, I used the default. For
    printer file and printer sharing, I used "allow anyone with access to
    network". Then it tells you to remove it and connect to the second computer.
    A dialog box comes up with the option to run the Wireless Network Setup
    Wizard. I used it and it asks if I want to join the "network". I said OK
    and it states that I am connected to the "network". At this point I am a bit
    stumped because there are no network resources to use and nothing appears
    that belongs to the other system.

    I don't know if I have done something to interfere with the connectivity, so
    I am performing a clean install on both systems.
     
    Mike.ONeal, Oct 5, 2007
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    do you have a router or not? which one? if you do and it supports
    WCN, see
    http://home.comcast.net/~barbbowman/articles.html


    if you are trying to setup an ad hoc network, see the article below.
    do NOT use WEP. Use WPA2 or WPA

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/help/0e158c21-4c70-4235-879d-0c9133218e561033.mspx

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    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Oct 5, 2007
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    Mike.ONeal Guest

    Barb,

    I think that I was confused about the purpose of Setting Up a Wireless
    Router. I am well versed in using a simple saying like "bing" to generate a
    128 bit security code and setting up the encryption and other security
    measures on a router. Perhaps this tool will become useful at another time.

    I believe that I will find my answers in Ad-hoc networking where you can use
    share a network connection, such a wireless phone network, with other
    computers connected to your computer through a second network card.

    Thanks for helping clarify things.
     
    Mike.ONeal, Oct 5, 2007
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    128 bit WEP is not safe. Please use WPA/WPA2.

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    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Oct 5, 2007
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    Mike.ONeal Guest

    Barb,

    I setup the network using ad-hoc (with WPA2) and it worked exactly like I
    need it too. Think live-aboard boat, husband and wife, internet needs, oh
    yeah!

    My home Linksys Wireless Access Point uses WEP, so I will need to look into
    will look into the issues with it's safety.

    Thanks for everything and have a good day.
     
    Mike.ONeal, Oct 5, 2007
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    thanks for the update. glad this worked for you and please do move
    from WEP to WPA/WPA2 ASAP.

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    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Oct 5, 2007
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